The Kia Sedona may not be the first you think about when shopping for a minivan. The Sedona has almost everything it takes to be successful in the minivan segment, but it’s chubby, weighing around 400-700 pounds more than its rival, which lowers acceleration at higher speeds and does not do much for cornering capabilities. Even so, the overall performance is relatively smooth and appealing.
The latest generation of Sedona that benefits from diet and more powerful engine, the Sedona is no longer difficult to catch up the more expensive class leaders. It delivers in the main areas of building quality, passenger comfort, storage space and crash test scores. However, this Sedona has been produced for years without a major redesign and has been beaten by newly redesigned rivals.
The 2018 Kia Sedona is a seven or eight-passenger minivan sold in five trim levels: the base L, LX, EX, SX and the range-topping SX Limited.
The 2018 Kia Sedona is powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine rated at 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. In track testing, the Sedona SX Limited hit 60 mph in 7.9 seconds, which is average for its class.
The EPA fuel economy estimates stand at 20 mpg combined (18 city/24 highway), which is about average for this class. The SX improves to 21 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway), because of its electric power steering system, which lightens the engine workload. The SX Limited drops to 19 mpg combined (17 city/22 highway) despite sharing that steering system, a deficit partly explained by the extra 100 pounds it carries.
With the optional hitch installed, the 2018 Kia Sedona can tow up to 3,500 pounds.